How Tetris helps you move house better

Gaming blog Kotaku spoke to a Tetris whiz to find some practical application (other than its documented benefits for your sanity) for the classic block arranging game. Most of them are pretty obvious, and the Simpsons once made a Tetris joke when Homer stuff his car boot full of stuff. But it’s an interesting exercise that you can try out on your parent/spouse next time they tell you you’re wasting your time.

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Here are the tips.

  • Take a glimpse at your next pieces (moving boxes in this case) to determine the best placement positions.
  • If you have a box that doesn’t fit neatly, hold onto it and un-hold it when it won’t mess everything up.
  • Stack as flat as possible. The even field will save you reaction time and give you more stacking options.
  • Avoid creating unnecessary gaps to maximize space usage.
  • Leave an empty column open for your long boxes, and if you don’t have any long boxes buy some.
  • Don’t waste your long boxes! (Don’t use ’em until you need ’em to fit a space)
  • Multiplayer will help you reach a faster time, so have some friends and family help you out.

Rethinking the classics

A few weeks ago, or was it only one or two, I posted a bunch of movies re-envisaged as old books. There’s now a gallery of computer games given the same treatment over at Kotaku. A game focused blog that’s worth reading if you’re that way inclined. Here are two of my all time favourite games.

I like how World of Warcraft looks like a toilet.